What should be considered when selecting ophthalmic antibiotics for acute conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Silverman, MD, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Ophthalmic antibiotics are used for infectious conjunctivitis. Therapy must cover all likely pathogens in the context of the clinical setting. However, when prescribing the antibiotic, the care provider must take into account that the incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has continued to increase in recent years.


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